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17 November 2016

The Empowerment of Women in Sustainability


The UNA-NCA Committee on Sustainable Development will be hosting a panel discussion on the empowerment of women in sustainability on November 17, 2016. The discussion will highlight Global Goal #5: Gender Equality. 

6:30 – 7:00
Check-in & Networking Reception

7:00 – 7:05
Introductory Remarks

Patrick Realiza, Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

7:05 – 7:45
Panel Discussion

Patrick Realiza, Chair, UNA-NCA Sustainable Development Committee

Pari Kasotia, Deputy Director, The Solar Foundation

Katherine Arnold, Senior Program Associate, Humanitarian  Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, United Nations Foundation

7:45 – 8:15
Questions and Answers from Audience

8:15 – 8:30
Closing Remarks by Patrick Realiza

When: Thursday, November 17; 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Where: 1775 K St NW #400, Washington, DC 20006

Register here 

01 November 2016

UNA-USA History Book Launch


Join UNA-NCA for the launch of  the book "UNA-USA: A Little Known History of Advocacy and Action"

The book documents 70 years of dedicated and independent action and advocacy for the United Nations and sound US policies in support of the UN, by civic leaders, policy experts, diplomats, and UNA-USA leaders and members across the country. The work of UNA-USA luminaries, such as Clark Eichelberger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Elliot Richardson, Ed Luck, Toby Gati, John Whitehead, and Bill Luers is discussed at length, using original archive material and interviews. Extensive information is featured on the actions of UNA members and chapters. UNA-USA policy studies, human rights programs, and education activities are covered, making the book the first full documentation of the organization from its start. The book concludes with the alliance between UNA-USA and the UN Foundation. Discounted copies of the book will be sold and signed by the author at the launch event. Light snacks will be provided.

  •  James Wurst
    Author, Producer, Journalist, Analyst

     Lead author Jim Wurst is well-known among UN journalists as an analyst specializing in international security issues. Based at the United Nations since 1987, Jim has been a reporter for the National Journal Group (UN Wire and the Global Security Newswire), Inter Press Service, The InterDependent, and LGMA.TV. He has also contributed to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and Arms Control Today. He is the former Editor of Disarmament Times (New York) and Disarmament Campaigns (The Hague). He has written on nuclear weapons, land mines, the arms trade, climate change, financing for development, peacekeeping, UN reform and international law, and he has reported from Europe, Southern Africa and Mexico. His work has been published in anthologies, including A Global Agenda: Issues Before the United Nations 2010-2011, published by the UNA-USA. Jim has held numerous positions in the United Nations Correspondents' Association (UNCA), including President (2005).
  •  Dulcie Leimbach
    Founder of PassBlue, United Nations Association Publications Director
     Lead editor Dulcie Leimbach is the founder of PassBlue, a digital publication reporting on the United Nations that is a project of the Ralph Bunche Institute of International Studies at the City University of New York. She is a Bunche Institute fellow. Previously, she was the publications director of UNA-USA, and before that an editor for more than 20 years at the New York Times.
  • A. Edward Elmendorf
    Past President of UNA-USA, Past President of UNA-NCA
     Former UNA-USA President and CEO, A. Edward Elmendorf, initiated the project and is directing it. Previously employed at the US Mission to the UN, the UN Secretariat, and the World Bank, he is co-author of Better Health in Africa (World Bank, 1994), and has served as a national and local UNA-USA volunteer leader.

When: Tuesday, November 1, 5:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Where: United Nations Foundation, 1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW #300, Washington, DC 20006

Register Here

24 October 2016

UN Day Trivia Night With the Young Professionals

 Join UNA-NCA, its Young Professionals, and the World Affairs Council DC for a night of international trivia!

On October 24th, 2016, to celebrate UN Day, join UNA-NCA and its Young Professionals Program along with the World Affairs Council DC for their WorldQuest Pub Quiz! This is a monthly international affairs-themed trivia event, so bring your friends and come test your knowledge of global issues. If you would like to participate on a UNA-NCA team, contact the Young Professionals Program at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

When: October 24, 2016; 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Where: Lucky Bar, 1221 Connecticut Avenue NW, DC 20036

Cost: $10 per team payable at the door
Each team is composed of no more than 4 players


22 October 2016

Young Professionals' Career Dinner Series

UNA-NCA invites you to the fall 2016 installment of its signature Young Professionals' Career Dinner Series!

This semi-annual event brings together young professionals with experts in their chosen fields to discuss career paths, share personal stories, and network. The evening begins with a networking reception at the United Nations Foundation, followed by separate topical dinners at UNF and at private homes in the DC Metro Area. Each dinner features distinguished speakers who will answer attendees' questions and offer advice based on experience in the industry. 

Saturday, October 22
5:00 pm Networking Reception
7:00 pm Dinner 

United Nations Foundation
1750 Pennsylvania Ave NW, 12th floor
Washington, DC 20006 

$45 for members
$55 for non-members 
*Students under the age of 25 are eligible for free membership! Join here!

Ty Cobb, Director of HRC Global at Human Rights Campaign

Topical Dinners
To register, click on the dinner topic you are interested in.

Careers in Public Health - Sold Out

  • Elvira Beracochea, Founder, President & CEO, Realizing Global Health
  • Olumide Elegbe, Senior Manager for Corporate and Foundation Relations, Management Sciences for Health
  • Vina HuLamm, Global Health Manager, American Public Health Association

Careers in International Law -
Sold Out

  • Renee Dopplick, Editor, Inside Justice
  • Mark Tyndall, Vice President, Government Affairs, Policy and Patient Advocacy, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals


Women in Entrepreneurship and Leadership 


  • Karen Mulhauser, Founder of Mulhauser and Associates, Past Chair of UNA-USA, Past UNA-NCA President
  • Kristen Grimm, President, Spitfire Strategies
  • Stephanie Goetsch, Founder and CEO, Spark Career Strategy

Careers in International Education


  • Elizabeth Latham, Program Officer, US Department of State
  • Denisse Arias, Senior Associate, Government & Multilateral Partnerships, Teach for All

Humanitarian Careers - Sold Out

  • Dawn Calabia, Honorary Senior Advisor to Refugees International, UNA-NCA Board Member
  • Michael R. Marsh, Regional Director, Foundation & Institutional Advisor, Northern Trust, UNA-NCA Board Member

Careers in International Service - Sold Out

  • Luis Mendez, UNA Chapman Cox Fellow, US Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State
  • Naakoshie Mills, African Union and Multilateral Affairs Officer, US Department of State
  • Yesim Oruc, Deputy Director, UN Development Program

Careers in
International Journalism and Communication

  • Steve Dorsey, Executive Editor and Correspondent for Radio, CBS News
  • Sarah Jackson-Han, Communications, Partnerships and Policy Adviser, UN Development Program

20 October 2016

Embassy Series Concert with the Ambassador of Colombia

Join the Embassy Series with the Ambassador of Colombia and UNA-NCA for a concert in commemoration of UN Day at the Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia.

UNA-NCA (ret.) Amb. Donald T. Bliss will be speaking at the event. The event will also feature classical guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin and harpist Mélanie Genin. Since his Carnegie hall debut in 2009, Guarin has been winning awards and captivating audiences in two continents as a soloist and chamber musician. Genin, a native of France, arrived on the scene after having performed extensively in Paris and throughout Europe. She was noted as a "singular harp virtuoso, with an exquisitely sensitive playing" by the Epoch Times. 

Thursday, October 20, 2016

6:45pm for cocktails and hors d'œuvres
concert starts at 7:30pm; reception to follow concert.

Residence of the Ambassador of Colombia
1520 20th Street, NW, Washington D.C., 20036

Cost: $150 (includes: buffet, wine, and valet parking)


18 October 2016

The Legacy of Ban Ki-moon and the Challenges Facing the Next Secretary-General

As the United Nations welcomes a new Secretary-General and the United States elects a new President and Congress, US leadership has never been more essential in charting the future course of the United Nations. To celebrate a new beginning at this time of transition and change, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area is hosting a program during UN Month. 


Tuesday, October 18, 2016 ​
​R​eception at 5:30 p.m.
Program at 7:00 p.m.

National Education Association
1201 16th St NW, Washington, D.C.​ 20036

Keynote Speaker:
The Honorable Robert C. Orr
Dean of the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and Under Secretary General of the United Nations and Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Climate Change

Additional Remarks From: 
Dr. Esther Brimmer 
Professor of Practice of International Affairs at Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University and Former Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Bureau

Joshua Black (invited)
Director for Multilateral Affairs, National Security Council

Program: $20 for members, $30 for non-members
Reception* and Program: $40 for members, $50 for non-members

*Reception begins at 5:30pm and includes hors d'oeuvres and cocktails 

Register Here 

Host Committee (in formation)

Tim Barner and Kathy Guthrie
Robert Berg and Vivian Derryck
Ambassador David E. Birenbaum (ret.)
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret.)
Thomas Bradley
Dawn and Tino Calabia
Duncan Cameron
Heather Lane Chauny
The Honorable William T. Coleman, Jr. and Mrs. Lovida H. Coleman
The Honorable Esther Coopersmith
Robert H. Craft, Jr.
Tony Culley-Foster
Edison W. Dick, Esq.
A. Edward Elmendorf
Ambassador Nancy Ely-Raphel
Edie Fraser
Roger Griffis in honor of Richard and Anne Griffis 
Ambassador Donald Hays (ret.)
Susan Leahy
Ambassador Princeton N. Lyman
Michael Marsh
Ambassador Donald McHenry
Ambassador George Moose
Ambassador Connie Morella (ret.)
Stephen F. Moseley
Karen Mulhauser
Ambassador Lynn Pascoe
David Scotton
Thomas Riesenberg
Ambassador Thomas Pickering
Robert Skinner
Mary Oakes Smith
Kimberly Weichel
Ambassador Phillip C. Wilcox
Ambassador William Wood
John Miller Duff, Jr.

Kasara E. Davidson and Diaspora Enterprise Solutions 
Olumide Elegbe
Anne L. Howard-Tristani
Lois A. Mares
Miles & Stockbridge Foundation
National Education Association
Jud Nirenberg
Wayne Pieringer
Lyric Thompson
Sultana Ali

If you are interested in individual or corporate sponsorship, click here.

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09 October 2016

Cedar Lane Forum: The UN and the US during a time of transition

Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016

Time: 10:10 am to 11:10 am 

Place: Chalice House, Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church,  9601  Cedar Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814

This annual program is part  of UNA-NCA’s UN Month activities. It also falls on UN Day at Cedar Lane and there will be other activities on the UN on that day, including a Sunday sermon on the UN by the Rev Abhi Janamanchi, at9:00 and again at 11:00 am. The Forum falls between the two services. 

Speaker: Robert Skinner, Director, UN Information Center 

Register Here!
Robert Skinner is the Director of the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Washington, DC. His duties include managing United Nations public information activities in Washington, DC and the United States, and maintaining relations with officials from the U.S. government, members of Congress, media, civil society, the diplomatic community, business and educational

Prior to joining the United Nations, Robert was the Executive Director in the New York Office of the United Nations Foundation, where he was responsible for managing relations with various UN offices, Permanent Missions to the UN, civil society organizations, and private sector actors; communications and press; and office operations.

Before joining the Foundation in 2006, Robert held several positions in the United States Department of State, including as Deputy Spokesperson at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York, and as Public Affairs Officer for the United States Embassy in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. He also held posts in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and San Salvador, El Salvador.

Robert was an attorney in the Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Chicago, Illinois before starting his diplomatic career. Robert holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Administration from Oakland University in the United States.  He is married and has two children.

27 September 2016

Advancing Human Rights: The United Nations and China

Freedom House and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area invite you to Advancing Human Rights: The United Nations and China.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Freedom House
1850 M Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20036

Register Now

Please join us for a candid discussion on how the United Nations can support human rights in China: What impact is the UN having on China’s human rights situation? Are the special rapporteurs, Universal Periodic Review process, and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights making a difference? How is the Chinese government responding to the work of the UN on Human Rights in China? And how can the UN address China’s human rights situation more effectively?

Welcome Remarks
Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (ret)

Dr. Yang Jianli
Initiatives for China

Dr. Xiao R. Li
Independent Scholar 

Dr. Sophie Richardson
China Director
Human Rights Watch

Dr. Mark P. Lagon
Distinguished Scholar and Centennial Fellow 
Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University 

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